Following an energetic start to 2018, the Expat Academy team got the discussions underway at the Club 100 Network Huddle on the 17th January, hosted by PwC in their Embankment Place offices. If you didn’t make it and want to find out who spoke and what the Hot Topics were click here to read on.
The agenda was again packed to capacity covering immigration, policy (both revising and introducing them), process efficiencies, technology/assignment management systems and operational challenges.
The flow of discussion covered member led agenda points and was interspersed with two corporate updates.
Matt Maltby from King educated us on their business (the creators of Candy Crush) and gave us a very engaging and enjoyable update on his focus for the year ahead. He plans to take more of a partnership approach up front with all stakeholders such as games development and finance to put policies in the business that are fit for purpose. Matt is also considering rotator programs and thinking through how to support remote working to help ensure employees remain creative.
Throughout the day there was a fascinating and varied set of discussions on policy including mixed views on accommodation provision – the majority base allowances on family size – but some in the room have stripped away housing allowances based on hierarchy of job level and disregard family size, which is an interesting development.
Several network members went on to share their experiences of local plus policies and there was a discussion about whether domestic and international relocation policies should be aligned (although very few people in the room do align these policies).
After lunch, Lynda Brennan provided us with a truly eye-opening update on the work and structure of Marie Stopes International. Lynda’s key areas of focus are cost, given they have recently chosen to no longer accept US government funding as it came with a ‘Global Gag rule’ that goes against the core principles of Marie Stopes. They are also looking at standardising their approach as well as ensuring they are compliant in the numerous locations they go to. She is looking to provide appropriate packages to a diverse population, including intra-regional moves, short term secondees and emergency cover secondments.
Rounding off a day of collaboration and networking was a series of discussions on operational matters. Questions were raised on the benefits of outsourcing versus insourcing and tips were shared on the best way to engage stakeholders when conducting a policy review.
Thank you immensely to our members for your brilliant agenda contributions. Everyone who attended participated with emotion, tenacity and thought and those who presented made the day really productive and engaging.
The next Club 100 Huddle will take place on Thursday 17th May 2018. Save the date or if you want to get super organised you can book your place here.